As the ski season cools down this April, major skiing related events are just about to heat up all over town. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, in coordination with the International Ski History Association, will present Skiing History Week Monday through April 12 in Steamboat Springs.
Event organizers chose Steamboat Springs as this year’s event location to help celebrate the centennial of the Howelsen Hill Ski Area. The week will kick off with a welcome reception Wednesday at Howelsen Hill to salute the ski area’s 100-year history.
The event schedule is full of a variety of skiing programs and events, including the Ishpeming International “Snow 100” film festival at the Chief Theater, Wednesday through April 10, and the annual U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for the Class of 2014 at the Steamboat Grand on April 11.
“The Honored Members of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame represent the highest level of national achievement in America, featuring prominent athletes and snow sport builders whose accomplishments showcase American skiing and snowboarding.”
The Hall of Fame will induct 10 pioneers of snow sports this year, its largest class since 1984. Though the class of 2014 inductees are not locals, the Hall of Famers from previous years include Carl Howelsen, Buddy Werner, Billy Kidd, Nelson Carmichael, Hans Geier, Ted Farwell, Kris Feddersen, Deb Armstrong, Sven Wiik, Gordy Wren, Katy Rodolph Wyatt and more.
Local community organizations, including the Tread of Pioneers Museum staff, have worked with event organizers to weave the association’s annual events with offerings unique to Steamboat Springs. “The Legacy of Buddy Werner,” presented by Buddy’s brother Loris Werner, will be a featured Legacy Lecture on April 9 at the Bud Werner Memorial Library. On April 10 at the Bear River Bar and Grill, a discussion panel with Olympic athletes, parents and coaches will explore the reasons why Steamboat has become a mecca for producing Olympians.
Local subjects will be featured among the many notable national and international ski films at the Ishpeming International “Snow-100” Film Festival at the Chief Theater. The lineup will include the Tread of Pioneers Museum’s “Ski Town USA®” video exhibit, produced by Michael Bye, at 4 p.m. Wednesday and “I Never Look Back,” about the life and ski career of Buddy Werner, at 4 p.m. April 9.
The Tread of Pioneers Museum will also host a Regional Ski Museum Conference on April 10. We will network and share ideas with other professionals devoted to preserving and celebrating the skiing history of our regions.
"Steamboat was a natural fit for what we look for in a host venue, a quintessential mountain town full of skiing enthusiasts and an engaged community that is passionate about winter and winter sport,” said Stacey Wooley, of the US. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum. “Steamboat was welcoming from the get-go … helping us make this week long event a huge success. We hope to show Steamboat a good time and that Skiing History Week will have lasting and memorable impression on all who participate."
Don’t miss your chance to learn more about the legends and great achievements in skiing history. For more information or to purchase tickets for any of the Skiing History Week events, visit skiinghistory.org/news/skiing-history-week-heads-steamboat-april-8-12-2015 or call 906-485-6324